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Vince Vaughn And Owen Wilson Reunite For ‘The Internship’ For Shawn Levy At Fox
Breaking… The Twentieth Century Fox comedy will have a June 2012 start. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson last teamed in the huge hit The Wedding Crashers and now reunite for director Shawn Levy. Fox made the announcement today because filming begins June 25th. In the story, Vaughn and Wilson portray two old school salesmen who find themselves suddenly unemployed and uschooled in the digital world. Yet they try to reinvent themselves by becoming interns at a major tech company. Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment and Vaughn’s Wild West Picture Show Productions will produce the film that is based on Vaughn’s original script. Jared Stern delivered the rewrite to Fox. That’s two in a row at Fox for both Vaughn and Wilson: Vaughn will star in this summer’s Neighborhood Watch while Wilson co-starred in The Big Year. »
- NIKKI FINKE
Warner Bros Preempts Novel ‘The Ghostman’
Exclusive: In a high six against potential 7-figure deal, Warner Bros has acquired screen rights to The Ghostman, the upcoming Knopf novel by 23-year old author Roger Hobbs. The deal is high because it comes with a blind script commitment for Hobbs, whose book has recently sold foreign rights in the $3 million range. Kevin McCormick’s Langley Park will produce. Warner Bros went hard after the novel because it has franchise potential for a young leading man in his 30s. The protagonist is a young man who cleans up messes and helps fugitives disappear. He is careful but gets sucked into a casino heist gone terribly wrong. His former mentor bankrolled the casino heist, which left several dead, and a crack addict in the wind with $1 million in cash that was supposed to pay off a drug debt.The Ghostman finds himself in a race over 48 hours to clean up »
- MIKE FLEMING
Anna Williamson's Showbiz Peek at the Week: Enjoy your 15 mins Mr Zip
"Where me keys, where me phone;" yes, I know it's been days since this interesting collection of 'lyrics' were first uttered on national television, but it just goes to show how catchy the most awful song in the world can be, that Five (!) flipping days later it's still my annoying ear worm! Honestly, not since DJ Talent graced our screens with the inventive self-titled li'l number, er, 'DJ Talent', has a tune/rap/collection of random words made such an impact on a TV audience. I am of course talking about this weekend's Britain's Got Talent, and Pulp Fiction's Marcellus Wallace lookalike, Zipparah 'Mr Zip' Tafari's unforgettable performance. We knew from the start of his Vt that we were in for something special. Unsure of which quota it was going fill, ie the shockingly good or spectacularly bad, (more) »
- By Anna Williamson
'American Idol' Top 7 results show: Live blog
After last night's mixed bag of performances from American Idol's Top 7, it may have seemed obvious as to who we'd be seeing in the bottom three tonight. But is it? Following reports of a "shock" result tonight, it's anyone's guess as to who we may be saying goodbye to. With judges Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler yet to use their one save, could tonight be the night when a contestant is spared? Stay with Digital Spy live from 8/7c to find out!
21:02Well, that's it for this week, kiddies. Join us again next week when the Top 7 will again hit the stage - and someone will definitely be headed home!
21:00Jessica once again wants everyone to know that she's "worked hard [her] entire life" but insists that she takes nothing for granted and wasn't particularly surprised to be in the (more) »
- By Jennifer Still
'American Idol': Skylar Laine finishes bottom of Top 7 poll
Skylar Laine has landed at the bottom of Digital Spy's poll for American Idol's Top 7. The 17-year-old country singer failed to impress readers during Wednesday night's 'Songs From This Decade' theme with her rendition of Kellie Pickler's 'Didn't Know How Much I Loved You', bringing in only 7%. Similarly unpopular was Hollie Cavanagh's performance of Pink's 'F***ing Perfect', which managed 7.5%. Faring only slightly better was gospel belter Joshua Ledet, whose cover of Bruno Mars's 'Runaway Baby' received 8.2%, while Elise Testone's highly praised rendition of Lady GaGa's 'You (more) »
- By Jennifer Still
Box office preview: 'Cabin in the Woods' and 'Three Stooges' take on 'The Hunger Games'
Three new wide releases are stepping into the arena this weekend alongside 2012′s biggest hit so far, The Hunger Games, but none of them appear likely to dethrone the box office titan, which has grossed $312.7 million in its first 20 days in theaters.
Horror entry Cabin in the Woods has a better shot at reaching the top of the chart than slapstick comedy The Three Stooges or action thriller Lockout, but in the post-Easter frame, Katniss has her eyes on the top prize for one final weekend. Will she nab the victory?
Here’s how the box office may shake out: »
- Grady Smith
Looper Trailer Has Joseph Gordon-Levitt Hunting Himself
All week, we.ve been teased about the upcoming teaser trailer for Looper. The trailer has now arrived online! Check it out ahead and decide for yourself if it was worth the wait... Directed by Rian Johnson, Looper is an action thriller set in the future, in a reality where time-travel is possible. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Joe, a hired gun who finds himself tasked to kill his future-self (who.s played by Bruce Willis). The general set-up for the film is explained in the trailer below (courtesy of iTunes), so I.ll let you get to watching it... So Joe.s living a pretty good life as an assassin... And then comes the awkward moment when he.s staring eye to eye with his mark, and realizes he.s looking at himself. Explosions, fighting, guns and more fighting ensue. The concept of a man having to hunt himself is an »
Watch: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Can't Kill Himself In Full Trailer For Rian Johnson's 'Looper'
Prosthetics, time-jumping, sci-fi, action...writer/director Rian Johnson certainly has a more than few balls in the air with "Looper" and after some tedious teasers for the trailer the whole magilla has finally be unveiled.
To recap: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis co-star in the film, where hitmen are employed by crime bosses in to kill targets sent back in time, and focuses on one such man (Gordon-Levitt), who finds himself faced with the task of killing his older self (Willis). How do they do this? As the trailer reveals, the Looper is sent back to the present day where time travel doesn't exist, and his targets are sent to him, wrapped up and ready to go, and they are quickly dispatched. Jeff Daniels co-stars as some kind of old veteran of the job, with Emily Blunt along for the ride with a barely glimpsed Paul Dano.
So far it's looks pretty good, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
'Looper' trailer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt hunts future self Bruce Willis
The first trailer for Looper has premiered online. The sci-fi, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt, tells the story of a killer who discovers that one of his targets is his future self. Gordon-Levitt spent an extensive three hours in the make-up chair every morning of shooting in order to resemble a younger Willis. He has confessed that even his mother had trouble recognizing him. Blunt previously told Digital Spy that she was "over-excited" about Looper, (more) »
- By Tara Fowler
'Push to add drama' button ad goes viral - watch
A new commercial for Belgian cable channel TNT has gone viral after being released yesterday (April 11). The clip - produced by advertising agency Duval Guillaume - features members of the public spotting a red button in the middle of a quiet square with a sign that reads "Push to add drama". Upon pushing the button, an ambulance suddenly appears to pick up an injured person, only for the paramedics to clumsily drop the man several times. In a matter of moments, the square is full of action, including a near-naked biker, a fight between a burly paramedic and a cyclist, and a full-on gunfight featuring men in suits. The action ends as all the vehicles drive away, leaving (more) »
- By Tom Eames
First Trailer for Rian Johnson’s Looper Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis
The first trailer for writer-director Rian Johnson's Looper has gone online. The futuristic thriller takes place in a world where time travel exists, but is only used on the black market. When the mob wants to kill someone, they send the target 30 years into the past where a contract killer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) does the dirty work. Things are going smoothly until Gordon-Levitt’s future self (Bruce Willis) is sent into the past to be killed. As a huge fan of Johnson's previous work, Brick and The Brothers Bloom, I was already pretty damn excited for Looper, but this trailer is incredibly cool. I love the premise and cast, and it looks as if Johnson has applied his wholly original filmmaking style to the sci-fi genre to great success. I still don't entirely know how Gordon-Levitt's Bruce Willis impression is gonna play for an extended period of time, but it's »
- Adam Chitwood
Watch the Full 'Looper' Trailer
After three trailer teasers earlier this week, TriStar now debuts the full trailer for Looper starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis and directed by Rian Johnson (Brick). Set to hit theaters on September 28, Looper centers on Joe (Levitt), a time-traveling hired gun working for the mob in the capacity that when they want someone killed they send their target 30 years into the past, where a "looper" takes care of the rest. Joe is getting rich and life is good until the day the mob decides to "close the loop," sending back Joe's future self (Willis) for assassination. Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels, Piper Perabo and Noah Segan co-star. Check out the trailer directly below or you can watch it in HD over at Apple.
- Brad Brevet
Sky Movies gets licence to air James Bond films in HD
Satellite broadcaster breaks ITV's near 40-year hold on franchise with deal to show all the films from October
BSkyB has broken ITV's almost 40-year hold on James Bond films, striking a deal to air the full 22-strong franchise in high definition.
Bond films have been a staple of ITV's movie output since 1975. Sky has held pay-tv rights to new Bond movies since the 1990s, giving the satellite broadcaster the UK TV premiere of each.
Until now ITV has held the rights to repeat old Bond movies and broadcast the free-to-air premiere of new films in the franchise.
However, Sky now appears to have acquired all UK TV rights, shutting ITV out, although it is understood that the »
- Mark Sweney
Turkish delight in epic film Fetih 1453
The turbans-and-testosterone CGI retelling of sultan's conquest of Constantinople feeds on appetite for imperial Ottoman past
It's the film that is making millions of Turkish hearts swell with even more patriotic pride than usual. Fetih 1453, a turbans-and-testosterone epic, has not just smashed all Turkish box office records with its all-action, CGI retelling of Mehmet II's capture of the old Byzantine capital, Constantinople, it is being hailed as a reaffirmation that a resurgent Turkey still has world-conquering blood in its veins.
As the religious-minded daily newspaper Zaman noted, "Turks are feeling imperial again" after a decade of unprecedented economic growth, and are turning more and more toward their Ottoman ancestors for inspiration – in foreign policy as much as in interior design, food and fashion, with a neo-Ottomanist push to reassert Turkish diplomatic hegemony over the sultans' former Arab and eastern European domains.
The film's religious overtones – with a walk-on part for the prophet Muhammad, »
- Fiachra Gibbons
Kevin Costner's bonkers plan to cast Princess Diana in a Bodyguard sequel
The actor-director has talked about the 'dignified, sexy, smart, funny' script for the followup movie that was tragically never to be
To which I'm afraid the only rational response is: Please Stop Taking Care Of People, Kevin.
Having said that, what a pleasure it is to see one of this column's particular pets emerging from baffling irrelevance, with a performance critics are already calling his finest since that self-effacing turn at Whitney Houston's funeral. Which in turn is widely held to be the most hilariously hammy performance at a sending-off since Tony Blair gave us his Corinthians 1 at the aforementioned Princess Di's funeral. ("Off you go, Whitney, off you go," choked up Kevin, »
- Marina Hyde
Edge – review
Compassion for lost souls pervades Carol Morley's film about marginalised people who come to a Dover hotel
With her superb documentary Dreams of a Life and the equally inspired early film The Alcohol Years, Carol Morley established herself as an exciting voice in British cinema. Here is her fiction feature, Edge, made in 2010, and though it's a minor piece compared to her confessional documentary work, it is a brooding, atmospheric drama with themes and ideas that intersect revealingly with the rest of Morley's films. A disparate group of people come to a Dover hotel in the wintry off-season: they are all marginalised, on the edge in every sense. Morley makes her location look weirdly otherworldly and beautiful. It looks as if it could be on another planet, or in someone's mind. In a way, it is. There's a strong sense of compassion for lost souls.
- Peter Bradshaw
The Gospel of Us – review
Passion plays are like Titanic for Christians: it's a tale they never tire of hearing, despite knowing how it ends. Sheen's secularised approach (his Christ figure is referred to as the Teacher) was spread over several days at venues in and around Port Talbot, an impressive theatrical undertaking that deserved to be recorded for posterity. Dave McKean's film is a stylised documentation of the event, a bold attempt to turn it into something more cinematic. He keeps things visually interesting and exciting, overlaying images and using the occasional separately filmed segment. For the most part it works well, although having all the dialogue virtually shouted (a necessity in outdoor theatre) doesn't help.
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- Phelim O'Neill
Delicacy – review
Audrey Tautou finally makes a cute romcom that is rather charming and sometimes genuinely sad
In the last 11 years – since Amélie, at least – Audrey Tautou has made more cute romcoms than Sandra Bullock. Some have been awful, others glucose, few have been actively good. Delicacy, however, might just be a quiet trend-bucker: despite some tonal wobbles, and a vague sense of deja vu, it's rather charming, and sometimes genuinely sad. Tautou is a perky creative management type whose idyllic life crumbles after her dishy husband is "rammed by a car" (says the doctor) while out jogging. A decent period of mourning later, two work colleagues seem likely candidates to fill his shoes: her slick Parisian boss, and a mashed-up Swede. She takes the quirky road, in case you were wondering.
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- Catherine Shoard
Blackthorn – review
What might have happened to Butch Cassidy had he survived? A great deal of near-inert dialogue, if this handsome film is any guide
There's an interesting idea at play here: what might have happened to Butch Cassidy had he survived the shootout with the Bolivian army, as a clutch of determined conspiracy theorists appear to think he did. Sam Shepard, seemingly hewn in granite, is perfect for the role as the one-time bankrobber holed up in the South American wilds and writing letters to the child he has never seen. But he is not well served by the stodgy, near-inert writing and direction on display here. The Newman/Redford movie casts a very long shadow, as does Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven – a much better essay on the mournful life of the redundant outlaw. Blackthorn is a handsomely mounted film, with many an awesome vista and rolling plain, but compared to »
- Andrew Pulver
The Cabin in the Woods – review
This clever meta-horror asks what human need is fed by seeing hot youths get slaughtered, but it forgets to be properly scary
In Keenen Ivory Wayans's Scary Movie, from 2000, a fleeing character is famously offered two directional options by the masked figure: safety or death. The joke is that there is no choice. No matter how cynical and wised-up everyone is about the horror film and all its various tropes, the genre triumphantly survives, to a great extent by playfully absorbing that cynicism and feeding it back to the fanbase. Drew Goddard plays on this postmodern connoisseurship in this meta-chiller, The Cabin in the Woods, co-written with Joss Whedon. The poster shows the cabin in question floating in the air, tricksily twisting in sections like a Rubik's cube.
It's an affectionately satirical nightmare that asks why horror is so potent: what awful human need is being fed by seeing »
- Peter Bradshaw
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